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calendar   Thursday - November 24, 2005

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“The Survivors”
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/24/2005 at 11:02 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - November 20, 2005

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“Cat’s Eye”
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Staring across interstellar space, the alluring Cat’s Eye nebula lies three thousand light-years from Earth. A classic planetary nebula, the Cat’s Eye (NGC 6543) represents a final, brief yet glorious phase in the life of a sun-like star. This nebula’s dying central star may have produced the simple, outer pattern of dusty concentric shells by shrugging off outer layers in a series of regular convulsions. But the formation of the beautiful, more complex inner structures is not well understood. Seen so clearly in this sharp Hubble Space Telescope image, the truly cosmic eye is over half a light-year across. Of course, gazing into the Cat’s Eye, astronomers may well be seeing the fate of our sun, destined to enter its own planetary nebula phase of evolution ... in about 5 billion years.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/20/2005 at 08:21 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - November 12, 2005

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“Bubble Nebula”
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/12/2005 at 06:08 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - October 19, 2005

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I’m sorry but I just love looking at this picture again and again!
Die, blasted smurfs! Die!
The purple dinosaur is next!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/19/2005 at 09:22 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - October 08, 2005

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Blue Marble
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Skippers Note: America - proving once again that there is absolutely nothing the human race cannot do when good people get together and decide to do something that has absolutely nothing to do with hurting other people and only serves to satisfy our innate curiosity and benefit the entire human race. To the stars and beyond .... God Bless America.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/08/2005 at 08:20 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - September 01, 2005

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You have all seen the pictures in the earlier post of the apartment complex I lived in in Long Beach, Mississippi. If not, take a look at the “before” pictures. Then take a look at this “after” image that was sent to me by one of our alert readers, Steve. Yes it is all that remains of Arbor Station. I thank God for convincing me to take that job offer two years ago that caused me to move and eventually wind up in St. Louis. Far from the holocaust that destroyed my old home this week.

Another of our readers (emdfl) has a friend in the military who used to live there until just recently. Emdfl’s friend told him/her that a lot of military families lived there and it was very popular. I can testify to that. Around me I had “SeeBees” from their nearby base in Gulfport, Navy SEALs who trained in the swamps around Stennis Space Center and Air Force personnel from nearby Keesler AFB. Ironically, Keesler AFB is where the “Hurricane Hunters” are based. At least, they used to be ....

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/01/2005 at 09:32 PM   
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calendar   Friday - August 12, 2005

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Return To Flight
Photo courtesy of NASA
(Click on picture for High-Res 2000x1300 image)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/12/2005 at 03:31 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 10, 2005

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Sunflowers in Virginia
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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/10/2005 at 02:32 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - July 28, 2005

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Today’s theme is “Summertime” .... and de livin’ is easy ....

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Hannah Jones, 8, wipes her brow while selling lemonade outside her Huntersville, N.C., home, as the temperature approaches 100 degrees on July 27. Jones is raising money for the the annual Carolinas Walk for Autism Research.

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Mike Blackburn, left, and his son, Jim, enjoy their homemade pool in the back of a pick-up parked at Mike’s home in Winchester, Va., on July 27. The Jim Blackburn said he rarely gets to experience such a hot summer day at home.

(AP/The Winchester Star, Jeff Taylor)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/28/2005 at 03:30 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - July 17, 2005

What I Did On My Weekend Off

Saturday was spent behind the wheel of the Ol’ Grand Cherokee, with the GPS guiding me and Debussy, Dvorak and Chopin playing on the Sirius satellite radio. I took the grand tour of the midwest farmland, driving all over creation. No camera, nothing but me and some tunes and a dawg named Boo. It was nearly midnight when I got back but it sure felt good to get away from a computer monitor for a whole day. I decided to repeat the therapy on Sunday except I wanted to explore my new adopted city - St. Louis!

I started out just meandering (named after the river Meander in Turkey) all over the place, winding back and forth but edging ever closer to the inner city. I was pleasantly surprised. It seems like every other block is a park with some memorial in the middle. People scattered all over the grass having picnics and enjoying the sun while towering edifices soar to the sky around them. This city is unique in that respect. You can sit in a grassy park with a beautiful fountain and listen to the birds while you gaze across the street at the Hyatt Regency, a medieval structure of rough-cut granite towering up twenty stories or more with real towers and cornices at the corners just like something out of 14th century England.

As you approach the city center, however, one landmark stands out and grows ever larger as you approach. Soaring into the sky is the tribute to the Gateway To The West, Lewis & Clark and all the other pioneers .... the Arch. You have to park and walk through one of the most beautiful parks I have ever seen and walk up to this massive steel tribute to the manifest destiny of the United States Of America. Home of the people who just love to do amazing things then stand back and say to the world, “look what we did!”

I’ll share these pictures with you all in the hope that you’ll be intrigued enough to one day pack up and come visit this beautiful city on the banks of the Mississippi. We’ll leave a light on fer ya ....

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/17/2005 at 09:30 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - July 13, 2005

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USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) C-17 STOL Test Launch
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Note: Does any one know if the catapult survived this test and if this big, fat f**ker ever made it airborne? I’d be curious to know what the “pucker factor” of the pilot and co-pilot was right after this shot too.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/13/2005 at 07:13 PM   
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calendar   Monday - July 11, 2005

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PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan—Staff Sgt. John Golden hands an Afghan child a stuffed animal and coloring book during an adopt-a-village trip here. Airmen from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at nearby Bagram Air Base take part in the program to assist villages in Afghanistan with infrastructure, fresh water, school supplies and toys for children. Sergeant Golden is an aerospace ground equipment technician with the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron and is deployed from Pope Air Force Base, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Mark D. Gibson)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/11/2005 at 08:41 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - July 06, 2005

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Victims of the Syed River flooding arrive to pick up food, water, clothing, and hygiene products distributed by Soldiers from Task Force Cerberus outside Bagram, Afghanistan on June 30, 2005. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Kaufmann)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/06/2005 at 05:41 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - July 02, 2005

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Dog Face


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/02/2005 at 12:49 PM   
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